‘Very frustrating’ weekend for Tom Boardman at Slovakia Ring

Tom Boardman reflects on a difficult weekend for him and Special Tuning Racing at round three of the 2013 WTCC in Slovakia.
Tom Boardman has seen bad luck follow him around so far this year and had another weekend to forget in Slovakia which just added to the misery for Special Tuning Racing.

The Briton crashed out of a certain eighth place in race one at Monza, having had a light collision with James Nash on the penultimate lap, and, despite a quick repair job before the second race, came home a disappointing 16th.

Boardman also careered off the road in the warm-up at round two in Marrakech, but the car, despite a front-end impact at over 70mph that forced it to miss the rest of that weekend, was repairable in time for the Slovakian races.

However, during the weekend, the car went through two separate SEAT Sport engines – none of which seemingly working 100 per cent, before finally a third engine worked correctly in the car, which had broken down in both free practice and qualifying on Saturday.

Boardman completed a planned six installation laps before then pulling into the pits to get ready for race two, where he was eventually classified 18th.

Whilst he was no doubt happy to complete a race again, the former BTCC race winner spoke of his 'very frustrating' weekend and hopes to be more competitive for this weekend's WTCC Race of Hungary. He also thanked his mechanics and SEAT Sport for their help over a trying weekend.

"This is obviously very frustrating for all involved," the 29-year old said, "Not knowing fully the cause of the failures makes it all the more difficult. Both SEAT Sport and our team have worked very hard over the weekend to fix it and for that I am very grateful. I am sure the changes that were made for Sunday will enable us to run properly in Hungary next weekend"

by Dexter Fielding

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